Taika Waititi is in talks for new Marvel Studios film, but not Guardians of the Galaxy 3

Does anyone want the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 directorial gig? Not Taika Waititi.

The Thor: Ragnarok director has been a popular choice to steer the third chapter of the Guardians chapter after James Gunn’s firing. But while Waititi is in talks with Marvel Studios for another collaboration, it definitely won’t be Guardians 3.

In a chat with reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour, Waititi said he won’t play the series’ stepfather.

For me, that’s James’ film. Going into something like that, which has got his stamp all over it, it would feel like going into someone’s house and saying ‘Hey, I’m your new dad.’

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Waititi said he didn’t really have a conversation with Marvel about taking over Guardians 3 either. I think Marvel is going to have a tough time getting an established director to come in and replace Gunn. There’s certainly been an obvious sense of loyalty towards Gunn, who was infamously fired after a series of not-so family friendly tweets from a decade ago returned to the forefront last year. Drax actor Dave Bautista has basically said he wants nothing to do with the franchise if Gunn’s script for Vol. 3 wasn’t used. His fellow co-stars haven’t been that outspoken, but they all did sign a letter of support for Gunn to return to the franchise following his firing.

Waititi teased he will be reuniting with Marvel Studios soon.

‘I’m hanging out with Marvel still. Talking about new stuff, but I don’t know what that might be yet. I want to do another movie.’

Hopefully this means Waititi might convince Chris Hemsworth to return for a fourth Thor film. Hemsworth’s Marvel Studios’ contract is up with Avengers: Endgame so he’d need to sign a new deal. In interviews, Hemsworth seemed more excited about Thor 4 if Waititi is involved and the two have already discussed possible directions. It might not be a done deal

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